Have you ever dreamt of creating your very own society from scratch?, with your own laws, taxes, social services, education system, police forces, courts? Have you ever thought how would your living place be if everything could be defined from zero? What kind of community will you end up having? What would be your system of governance?
Platon thought about it when he wrote The Republic, Moro did it in the island of Utopia and Euhemerus through his island of Pancaya… and in in the next years, in a less theorical way, MKG Group, will be doing it in three different ‘charter cities’ in Puerto Castilla and the Valley of Sula, in Honduras.
Last year Honduras modified its constitution to allow the creation of ‘charter cities’ (following Paul Romer‘s ideas) in its territory (Regiones Especiales de Desarrollo). After a year the Coalianza has signed the first agreement with an American company to develop three pilot cities. Cities that will have their own laws with the only limitation of complying with international human rights. Cities that would have full autonomy in all areas other than foreign and defence policy, national elections and issuing identity documents. Cities created from scratch, where the law with be set by a company, the one that bought a stake of Utopia, MKG Group.
Who is behind this company? After a thoroughly search the only company that appears under that name is a French one that does not fit with the investment, size or even the country of origin.
The only thing that has been published, is that MKG is an American company that will invest 14 million USD in the first phase of the construction of the first city, close to Puerto Castilla.
In one of the most dangerous countries of the world, controlled by ‘las maras’ MKG is going to develop autonomous cities out of the Hondura’s law, out of any known law.
Would the rules be improved? Would they be set after Singapore or Hong Kong to develop a growing economy? Would they be a replica of Las Vegas or Nevada? or would their project try to build a sustainable and selfsufficient community?
I doubt it’s the last, but dreams sometimes come true.